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“You want freedom? this is your freedom”: rape as a tactic of the Assad regime

Forestier, Marie (2017) “You want freedom? this is your freedom”: rape as a tactic of the Assad regime. LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series, Kirby, Paul and Shepherd, Laura J. (eds.) (3/2017). Centre for Women, Peace & Security, London, UK.

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In March 2011, demonstrations erupted in the southern city of Deraa after a dozen schoolboys were arrested and tortured for painting anti-government graffiti on a wall. This event is considered as the spark that triggered the Syrian uprising, which turned into a protracted war marked daily by excruciating violence. According to the widely believed narrative, when family members went to enquire about the fate of the arrested boys, a security official replied: ‘Forget your children. Go make more children. If you don’t know how, bring your wives and we will show you’.1 Whether true or not, this story made an impact and fuelled the existing anger against the regime. Meanwhile, from the very beginning of the revolution, in people’s minds, the threat of sexual abuse lingered.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Women, Peace and Security
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 09:38
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 00:44

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